NHL vet looks beyond rink wars to family life
Mathieu Schneider of the Los Angeles Kings, a 13-year veteran of professional hockey who has been playing since he was a boy, should be showing signs of slowing down.
Now with his fifth National Hockey League team (previous stops included Montreal, Toronto, and New York both the Islanders and Rangers), Schneider hopes to settle down in the City of Angels with his wife and son, born two months premature on Dec. 15. Judaism will figure in their family life.
But the 31-year-old Schneider, who signed as a free agent with Los Angeles this season, still has what it takes to be a leader on the ice and a factor in helping his team grab a playoff spot. He and the struggling Kings came to the Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 16 to face the Minnesota Wild and came away with a big, 4-0 win.
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